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Flash is a device which provides additional light to a scene. It can be used to help fill in a dark area of a photo, to provide light if there isn't sufficient light to begin with, or it can help to improve the composition of a particular photo, by creating your own source of light.

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What are the functions of the extra contact points on a Canon hotshoe?

I am wondering about the 5 contact points on the top of the Canon camera for the flash. The flash I am putting on this camera has only the center contact. What are the functions of all these other ...
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photo using no flash

I've been put into a situation where I have been asked to photograph a party in a hall where there is virtually no light. I want the photos to have a very dark backgound but the person stands out how ...
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When and why should I consider buying a speedlight/external flash?

I am just a hobbyist in photography. And I do not have specific interest areas (as of now). So while looking for different things to try with photography, I kept coming across things which require use ...
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Canon 430EX vs 580EX vs 600EX-RT

I'm considering buying a flash for my Canon DSLR. I noticed the 600EX recently came out. Do you have any suggestions/opinions about the pros and cons of the new 600 flash versus the other two?
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What are general rules for ISO settings when using a flash?

I am trying to stop using the auto mode. I think I sort of understand the following ISO rules: Use an ISO of 100 or 200 when taking photographs outside in sunny conditions. If the sky is overcast ...
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Which flash modes use the least power?

Cameras have a variety of flash modes (e.g. Fill-in Flash, Slow Shutter Flash, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync Flash, etc..) So, which are the flash modes that use the least power ...
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How long will the bulb last in the flash of a compact or DSLR?

Compact cameras and DSLRs have built in flashes. And DSLRs have external flashes that you can attach. How do I know how long the bulb in the compact camera flash will last? (e.g. how many more ...
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Fire speedlite 580ex with on camera flash (without transmitter)

I have been looking at the instructions for the speedlite 580ex here for any idea how to fire the flash from the built in camera flash, but it has not helped. Does anybody know if it is possible to ...
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What could cause severe under-exposure when using a Canon 5D Mark III with Speedlite 600EX-RT with Evaluative E-TTL2 metering?

I recently purchased a Speedlite 600EX-RT for use with my 5D Mark III. I'm shooting with a 17-40 f4/L lens. Particularly when using the flash in the standard forward position, I get extremely severe ...
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What's a powerful waterproof flash?

Based on recommendations in a previous question, I'm now looking at purchasing a couple of powerful flashes. As far as i understand, almost all flash units are not waterproof at all. Since I take my ...
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Multiple flashes with different trigger voltages

I have the following: Nikon D3100 (max 250V trigger voltage) Vivitar 2600 flash (148V trigger voltage*) Yongnuo YN465 flash (6V trigger voltage) Hot shoe universal translators** I'd like to use ...
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Does quality of light vary in different studio strobes and speedlites?

I wonder what you think about the quality of light in studio flashes or portable speedlites? The first time I used speedlites, the light was very good. Then I purchased an Elinchrom D-Lite kit. My ...
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Does anyone make a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin?

I'm currently looking for a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin MT-24EX. I see that many people make their own. However, I'm not very good about building stuff. Is there anything available in the ...
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What is term for the opposite of “Dragging the Shutter”?

My first helpful experiments with flash started after taking a seminar with Scott Kelby on the subject. I don't recall him mentioning dragging the shutter (but he may have). But, I do recall him ...
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Is it worth bringing a flash for a backpacking trip?

I'm going on my honeymoon to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in June for 4 weeks. I'll bring my Canon t3i + 15-55mm and a 55-250mm lens. This will be my first travel like this and I definitely want ...
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Is it necessary to have a macro ring flash to take macro photos?

I just got a macro lens but it turns out the subject is not bright enough. I am wondering if I need to buy a macro flash for macro photography? The flash seems expensive and I am wondering if it is ...
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Can camera flash damage your eye? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns? Camera flash are pretty strong these days and while adults find direct flash unpleasant, perhaps it is powerful ...
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How do I get started with off camera flash in the Canon ecosystem?

This is a very basic question, and I have looked through different resources including the Strobist Lighting 101 tutorial and a few books (Scott Kelby, Neil van Niekerk). Some of the limitations I ...
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How does dragging the shutter work?

I am reading a photography book which talk about dragging the shutter when a flash is used. It just tell me how to do this trick but doesn't explain why. Can someone here tell me more about how it ...
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What does an expensive flash unit buy over a cheap one?

General question: What will I get from an expensive flash unit, that I can't get from a cheap one? Specific example: The $250 Canon Speedlite 430EX II vs. the $50 Neewer TT560. To my naive eye, the ...
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Why won't my D3100 won't take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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How to disable infrared focus assist beam on my YN568ex

I recently got a YN568ex speedlight and every time I focus, the infrared focus assist beam lights up. This is great for low light situations but I want to be able to turn it off when there's enough ...
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How does Yongnuo RF-603c compare with Cactus V5 wireless trigger?

I have the chance to pick up a set of second hand Yongnuo RF-603c or Cactus V5 wireless flash triggers for more or less an equal price. My plan is to use those triggers in combination with a ...
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What is the difference between a “slave flash” and “master flash”?

My Nissin Di866 II flashgun supports operation in both "slave flash" and "master flash" mode. The former I know needs to be used with a Nikon DSLR's "Flash Commmander" mode. What's the latter mode? ...
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Optimal flash settings for macro photography (Nikon SB-900 + softbox)

I'm using a Nikon SB-900 along with a softbox when photographing macro (1:1). What I would like to know is what flash mode that would fit this setup best. Should i simply set it to "M" and adjust it ...
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Why does my Cowboystudio NPT-04 not trigger flash with Live View on Canon T3i?

I just purchased a Cowboystudio flash trigger, model NPT-04 to use on my Canon T3i with a Canon 430 EX ii Speedlite. It seems to only work when looking through the viewfinder- if live view is on ...
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Why does the ISO change with the shooting mode when the aperture and shutter speed are constant and using a flash?

I have a canon 60d, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens, and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II TTL flash. I like to use the manual modes, such as Av and Tv but I am having some difficulties when using the ...
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Why am I limited to 1/100th of a second or slower with 5D Mark II, 600EX-RT, and ST-E3-RT?

I'm fairly new to using flash in my photography, so I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to the finer points. I have an ST-E3-RT transmitter on my 5D Mark II, and a 600EX-RT Speedlite set as a ...
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How can I get started with a first flash gun?

I just got myself a flash gun for my dSLR. I realise that I don't quite know what to do with it. What should I do to get used to it, and to learn about how to get the most out of it?
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Synchronization problems with Rekam NEO 200 and Canon 600D

I've recently got two Rekam NEO 200 lamps with synchronization cable. To connect them to my canon 600D i've bougth an adapter. The flash seems to sync correctly when setting exposition to values ...
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Nikon D40 and yongnuo yn-560 ii external flash. Slow shutter speed issues

I bought a new flash last week and started using it with my Nikon D40 yesterday. The flash is the yongnuo yn-560 ii. I had a tough time to photoshoot. I was indoors and shooting on A mode. Many ...
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What flashes for use with RF602 on a 7D

I've got a Canon 7d and I just bought some Yongnuo RF602 triggers. What flashes are best to work with these triggers? I don't know what information the triggers can send to the flashes / interact ...
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How would one remove yellow eyes instead of red eyes?

On a recent trip to Madagascar, we were able to capture some interesting animals during the night, where of course we used flash. The following photo is not made by me... ...
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What is the most effective way to get soft light from hotshoe flash indoors?

I'm thinking of getting a flash for better indoor pictures. I was looking at the 430EX Speedlite as a good unit in budget, but still having lots of capability. How do I use this most effectively ...
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Why photos taken with flash appear to have less noise?

I have not verified this on pixel-peeping level. But I have observed that photos taken with flash (built-in one in my case) appear to have very less noise at ISO 800/1600 than the ones taken without ...
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Can the D800 built-in flash be used to trigger slave flashes only?

Without itself emitting light during the exposure?
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR if it never fired?

my daughter found my old flash (20+ years old) and tried it on her canon T3i. It didn't recognize it and it never fired, but she tried the shutter button. Could this have damaged her camera even if it ...
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PC flash sync adapter for canon 550ex

I'm trying to sync my XTi to a 550ex speedlite with PC cord. I'm shopping on amazon.co.uk and can only find two adapters that might do the job; Hama or SC2. Will either of these do the job? If not can ...
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How can I calculate the effect of non-TTL flash on exposure?

I recently got an old Canon AE-1 film camera back in working order. I'd like to use my modern 430EXII Speedlight flash with it, however since there is no TTL metering, I have no idea how much the ...
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What gear for Sony off-camera flash sync with TTL?

I'm just getting into digital photography, and I'm planning on getting some flash gear for Christmas that will let me dig into the Strobist lighting tutorials. I have Sony / Minolta gear. So let's ...
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How can I use a flash indoors with a really high roof?

I am using a Nikon D3200 with SB-700 flash. Typically, when taking pictures indoors, I bounce the flash off the roof or the walls. However, I will soon be in a situation where the roof is too high to ...
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Why do we use flash in photography?

Why do we use flashes in photography, instead of simple light bulbs etc. to illuminate the scene? Why are specially made flashes used?
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Why would I use FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)?

In what situation would using FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) be a good idea? Exposure bracketing can be blended together with HDR, but why would I use FEB?
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Sigma EF610 flash compared to Sony HVL-F43AM

I'm in the market for a flash for my Sony A57. The two I'm focused on are the Sony HVL-F43AM for around $350 or the Sigma EF610 for around $250. They both seem very similar from a feature ...
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Can I repair a cracked internal flash in a Nikon D7000?

During our latest holidays unfortunately we dropped our d7000 and the internal flash broke (the plastic and the bulb are both cracked). Is this something I could replace myself? If so, where can I ...
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What is the smallest option for a flash that can also bounce?

I have a full size Canon flash, which has a flash head that "can be moved up from 0-90°, left from 0-180° and right from 0-90°". This is a necessity for me in a flash to properly bounce the flash on a ...
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How to troubleshoot Canon Speedlites that are not firing at the same time?

working on some studio lighting and want to have my two Canon Speedlite 580 EX II's to fire simulatneously using Canon's built in wireless communications (i.e. The Master to trigger the Slave, but ...
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How can I light creative portraits with one flash?

I have a single flash... and from what iv'e seen many photographers often uses 2 wireless flashes to get right light approaching to the subject. I only have one flash and a pop-up flash. Is there ...
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What is the best strobe kit/brand for high speed photography?

I will be planning on doing some more indoor studio shots of motion/fast speed photography and curious on what would be your choice for this kind of project? I am familiar with Bowens, Elinchrom, ...
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Flash bracketing on Nikon D5000

I own a Nikon D5000 and a SB-700 flash gun. I was trying to do what I think it is called flash bracketing : taking a series of 3 pictures which differ only by the flash power in order to combine them ...